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RILED CANADIANS - August 28, 2001 - "After 80 days of the bylaw, 730 jobs were lost, nine businesses closed and more than $16 million was lost," said Dan Tate, who for 23 years ran an air-cleaning business in Ottawa called Pure Air. He is now out of business. "It's because of choice that I'm here," said Armande Taillefer, who broke the habit four years ago after smoking for more than 40. "They went too far with the bylaw. That's not what they're elected for. What's next" Where's it going to stop""

THE EFFECTS OF ANTITOBACCO CAMPAIGN ON THE YOUTH - May 4, 2001 - In California the antis are claiming that in the state's most recent survey only 9% of 12 to 18 year-olds smoke, and this is a misleadingly low figure generated by the state health department's own PHONE surveys, because the l997national Monitoring the Future survey put the California youth smoking rate at 26.6, which is probably why California decided to do its own survey. But in Japan, one of the heaviest smoking countries and one without heavily-funded youth anti-tobacco programs and without smoking bans everywhere, only 8% (EIGHT percent) of high school students smoke.
DRINKING DOWN, SMOKING UP - February 26, 2001 - According to this report, tobacco sales went up 14% in New Zealand -- despite a huge tax increase. NZ ASH director Trish Fraser said, "We were hoping there would be a drop, particularly with the huge increase in taxation last year." Really"... Despite the cartel's (including the WHO) crusade to raise tobacco taxes astronomically everywhere because it is said that this will stop people from smoking, the proof in NZ is that this propaganda is not true - not that we expected anything different. The deficient minds of the antismokers keep missing an important truth: robbing defenceless smokers does not mean that they believe antitobacco frauds. Thanks again, antitobacco mafia - and we mean that sincerely! As usual, you have increased our numbers. Keep up the good job. Perhaps one day there will be enough of us again to reach critical political mass, and then, it will be time to put all the antismoking con work under a magnifying lens. In that case, certainly new jails, and prosecutors, would be needed all over the world.
SMOKING RATES UP - February 22, 2001 - The upswing in smoking that is taking place in the United States has crossed the Atlantic.  Smoking rates are up in the United Kingdom despite the propaganda spewed by the Tony Blair government and anti-tobacco pressure groups.  As in America, there appears to be a direct correlation between strident hectoring by the nannies and rebellion against an ethos that attempts to stamp out an innocuous pleasure.

It's telling that BBC News, which reports the upswing, is so in the pocket of the anti-tobacco enterprise that it is incapable of providing any meaningful analysis of the trend and insults the reader by rehashing the same old scare tactics that the public obviously doesn't buy.

The media is chronically behind the times and could become more up to date by ingesting the old chestnut about how you can fool some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time but never all of the people all of the time.

New York

Federal Court Invalidates Health Board's Smoking Regulations

Review of Cornell Survey on Smoking Ban in New York City; Executive Summary - Appendices

Survey of New York City Restaurateurs: by Fabrizio, McLaughlin and Associates - March 25, 1996

Massachusetts - Massachusetts Restaurant Association: Study analyzing what happened to restaurant jobs in Massachusetts communities that enacted restaurant smoking bans
Arizona - Economic Impact of the City of Mesa Smoke-Free Ordinance; Working Paper 1: Business Interviews

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Appendices A and B; Survey Respondents

Economic Impact of the City of Mesa Smoke-Free Ordinance; Working Paper 2: Preliminary Sales Tax Analysis

National Survey of Billiard and Pool Hall Operators: by Fabrizio, McLaughlin and Associates - Executive Summary, August 21, 1995
Impact of Smoking Bans on Smokers Dining Out Pattern Derived from National Survey of Adult Smokers: by Fabrizio, McLaughlin and Associates, October 3, 1995
Review of "The Effects of Ordinances Requiring Smoke-Free Restaurants on Restaurant Sales" by Stanton A. Glantz and Lisa R. A. Smith; Review by Michael K. Evans, the Evans Group
Smoking Ban Impact On California Restaurants - Taxable Sales Analysis Before And After The Statewide Smoking Ban
Does Advertising Increase Smoking" Economics, Free Speech, and Advertising Bans - This is a critical survey of the major economic, and marketing, studies, throughout the world, regarding the relationship, if any, between advertising of tobacco products and tobacco consumption. The conclusion is that there is impressively little evidence that people generally, and children in particular, consume tobacco products as a result of advertising; and the great weight of the evidence suggests that the over-whelming effect of tobacco advertising is to affect market share of an existing market.
Putting Out The Fires: Will Higher Tax Reduce Youth Smoking" - Will the higher taxes decrease youth smoking" Of course not. Most commonsense people realize that today's average youngster, quite able to blow two hundred dollars in a pair of the latest fashion shoes, will certainly not blink if he/she has to pay $1.50 more for a pack of smokes. Plus, there is always contraband, and other forms of obtaining tobacco.

It is quite obvious to a huge and ever-growing mass of people that this is just a tax scam of planetary proportions that enables governments to literally steal money from the pockets of citizens under the false pretense of health concerns.

This study, by Philip DeCicca, Donald Kendkel, and Alan Mathios (all from the Department of Policy Analysis & Management of Cornell University) -- and no, it is not funded by the tobacco industry -- clearly shows the ineffectiveness of tax hikes. This is the last of a long series of studies from many sources coming to the same conclusions.

The Smoking Appeal of the Anti-Tobacco Cartel - 28% increase in smoking in campuses. The researchers are puzzled, but they are more blind than the anti-tobacco cartel that is financing most of them. The faulty premises of anti-tobacco thinking are clear in this sentence: "The findings were unsettling because college students have traditionally smoked less than those less educated." It is precisely because college students are more educated that they can see through the statistical and scientific manipulation of data, as well as through the scare tactics and propaganda.
Évaluation économique de l’Étude d’impact sur le projet de loi sur le tabac proposé par le Ministre de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec - Study by Pierre Lemieux, Jean-Luc Migué, and Filip Palda on the economic impact of smoking prohibition in Québec. French Language.
Teen Smoking Pressure Tactics: Backfiring Big-Time - Reuters News on staggering new CDC statistics: "Smoking by high school students rose 36 percent between 1991 and 1997, fueled by an 80 percent increase in smoking rates among black teenagers, federal health officials said on Thursday." That's right: a 36 PERCENT OVERALL INCREASE with an 80 PERCENT INCREASE AMONG BLACK TEENS during years when there have been unprecedented resources pouring into teen smoking reduction -- including the option of jail time for teen smoking in some jurisdictions.
The Hospitality Sector and a Vancouver Smoking Ban - FORCES Canada is glad to present another important study on the devastating economic impact of smoking bans on the hospitality industry. This uncorrupted study was performed for the hospitality industry to assess the consequences of a blanket smoking ban. It is not from some Institution out to get more government grants to cater to the antismoking agenda. After the enforcement of the smoking ban in Vancouver, for many restaurant owners reality has turned out to be far worse than anticipated even by this study. As per March, 1998, many restaurants have gone out of business. Notwithstanding the financial impact that the ban has on the economy and employment, the Cities of Vancouver and Burnaby still hold firm in their irresponsible position, fueled by the antismoking agenda of an even more irresponsible Ministry of Health. This study was prepared by CCG Consulting Group Ltd. in Vancouver, B.C., and it courtesy of the Pub Association of British Columbia, and it is downloadable.
British Study Finds That "Stings" Don't Work - Youth "sting" operations are supposed to control access of minors to tobacco. But a British study finds the approach is failing. We link to the junkscience web site for a piece by Pete Petrakis.
The Effect of Enforcing Tobacco-Sales Laws on Adolescents' Access to Tobacco and Smoking Behavior - Conclusions: Enforcing tobacco-sales laws improved merchants' compliance and reduced illegal sales to minors but did not alter adolescents' perceived access to tobacco or their smoking. Test purchases of tobacco do not accurately reflect adolescents' self-reported access to tobacco, and reducing illegal sales to less than 20 percent of attempts -- the goal of a new federal law -- may not decrease young people's access to or use of tobacco. (N Engl J Med 1997;337:1044-51.)
An Analysis Of The Economic Consequences Of Smoking Bans In The Hospitality Industry - An Analysis Of The Economic Consequences Of Smoking Bans In The Hospitality Industry - FORCES Canada is glad to present this important study on the devastating economic impact of smoking bans on the hospitality industry. This study was prepared by CCG Consulting Group Ltd. in Vancouver, B.C. for the Hotel and Restaurants Employees Union, Ontario Hotel and Motel Association, and the Ontario Restaurant Association. FORCES Canada would like to thank all parties involved for the permission to reprint this study. WARNING: Because of the size of this file, it will take a few minutes to load. At the beginning and at the end of the page, we have made provisions for downloading the entire study, inclusive of graphics and pictures in a zipped, self-extracting file. Instructions on how to view the study once dowloaded are in the foreword. The size of the file to download is 2.45Mb. Approximate dowloading time: 20 minutes. Due to the size of the pictures, users provided with monitors of resolution smaller than 1024 x 768 may have to scroll the pictures from side to side to obtain a complete view.
The Effect On Tobacco Consumption Of Advertising Bans In OECD Countries - This study demonstrates that bans on tobacco promotion do not work.Tobacco consumption data for 22 countries for 27 years were analysed and the six countries with ADVERTISING BANS found to have INCREASED consumption.
Thank you for the free promotion! - The "success" of the antismoking propaganda in Canada is demonstrated by the increase in cigarette sales in 1996 -- and tobacco billboards have nothing to do with it.


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